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Pursuing Answers to Questions of Faith & Life

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Unveil Me

2 Corinthians 3:18--"And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."

Moses had to wear a veil in returning from meeting with God because the people were afraid of someone being so close to God. Yet in vs. 16--" whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away." Our spiritual blindness is removed and we are truly able to see for the first time.

But the trouble comes because others are supposed to be able to see a difference in us as well. We are supposed to "reflect the Lord's glory". Moses had to veil his face--we are supposed to keep ours exposed.

What do people see in your unveiled face? Some days, people see the Lord's work--other days they see my sin. Unfortunately, God rarely gets the credit for the good things in my life--but He certainly gets the blame for the bad things in my life. "What a hypocrite! If that's what God does in someone's life... count me out."

This transformation is an ongoing, daily process through the work of the Holy Spirit--it is to be an "ever increasing glory".

Are people going to ask you to put the "veil" back on because the Glory of Christ is too bright in your life--or b/c of the ugly reflection?

Let me ask you... how do we positively reflect the glory of Christ? How do we negatively reflect His glory?

Is it possible to hinder the transformation process?

Pursuing Answers to Questions of Faith & Life,

Kelly

1 comment:

Uwem said...

Kelly,

Great post. You make an interesting reversal of the reason the Israelites begged Moses to veil his face and the potential reason unbelievers today may ask us to veil ours... For Moses it was because God's glory overwhelmed and frightened them. Now, believer has to live in a catch 22. God's glory (the believer living in righteousness) could repel some rejecting Him, or it may be used to draw some near. On the flip side people may reject God (or be drawn into a lie) not because of God's glory... but because of our carnality and hypocrisy.

Thanks for the post.

Regards,

Uwem